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94

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. The Wire
    Oct 16, 2018
    100
    The biggest problem with Noname’s Room 25 is that the opening two tracks, adding up to barely four minutes of music, are just too damn good. ... The rest is merely exceptional. Essential. [Nov 2018, p.68]
  2. Sep 19, 2018
    100
    From beginning to end, Room 25 is a testimony to the power of telling your story and the hope that can be found in doing so without apology. Like hearing the chorus of an old spiritual or having a long conversation with a close friend, each song is intimate in a restorative way. An unquestionable balm for uncertain times like these, this album announces Noname’s lyrical coming-of-age.
  3. 100
    Noname isn’t bringing us a romantic rags-to-riches story; here she acknowledges the pitfalls of fame (as well as the occasional perks) with whip-smart honesty. Just like ‘Telefone’, it’s flawless.
  4. 91
    The pleasure of Room 25 is in hearing a master wordsmith turn words into feelings so that the feelings linger long after the words have stopped.
  5. Sep 27, 2018
    90
    Noname leaves little to no room for filler on Room 25, conveying a wide breadth of compelling ideas within 35 minutes. ... Though it can require attention to detail for her words to sink in, she gives off a feeling of effortless and whimsical grace as she speaks from a place of stark honesty over live instrumentation. A complete one-of-one act who continues to grow in real time outside of the limelight, Noname makes a subtle yet strong statement for women providing alternatives to one-dimensional rap archetypes.
  6. Sep 26, 2018
    90
    At 35 minutes, Room 25 is more of a mission statement than a treatise on Noname’s self-examination. Its 11 songs leave us wanting more.
  7. Sep 17, 2018
    90
    This is vintage neo-soul and future rap hand in hand; a soulful sanctuary for those turned off by the austerity of mainstream mumble rap. Noname stands front and centre of the movement, existing in the same historical moment as Kendrick Lamar, Toni Morrison and Nina Simone; sincerely engaged with social realities--redefining the contours of rhyme.
  8. Sep 17, 2018
    90
    What she wants to say on Room 25 is complex: thoughts on community, sensuality, mortality and self-determination. ... Noname is a full-fledged maverick, but not an abrasive one. Phoelix’s production situates her in leisurely, atmospheric R&B, and there’s almost always the hint of a smile in her voice. But no one should mistake her soft, playful tone for submissiveness.
  9. Oct 5, 2018
    89
    At just 35 minutes, she's now produced one of the tightest and most complete albums of 2018, while advancing philosophical wax on contextual freedoms of her black body.
  10. Sep 17, 2018
    88
    As self-effacing and understated as Noname can appear, the weight of her songs and words eventually can’t be denied.
  11. Sep 24, 2018
    86
    Noname overwhelmingly succeeds in telling her coming-of-age story where she removes all emotional layers to explore everything from comical socio-political ideology to sexuality minus self-serving preachiness.
  12. Sep 19, 2018
    86
    Room 25 is quarter-life crisis turned breakthrough, a balm through which Noname offers a taste of the simple sort of heaven that she's still searching for herself.
  13. Sep 26, 2018
    80
    Room 25 packs gorgeous punch after punch, not a second wasted.
  14. Sep 20, 2018
    70
    If Noname has one glaring weakness, it's a tendency to ramble without ever seeing the need to switch up her rat-tat-tat triplet flow. She does, though, have the rumpled, mellower-than-thou swagger to pull it off, and why complain when Room 25 is the prettiest rap record to come along in months?
  15. Sep 18, 2018
    70
    With the lyrical talent she shows in places here, the more Noname challenges herself--the deeper she delves into her own mind--the more fascinating, stimulating, and thought-provoking her music will become.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 150
  1. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    Congratulations Girl! You Made the Best album of the Year! I am a huge fan of Noname and this album is so true, so herself... I can’t describeCongratulations Girl! You Made the Best album of the Year! I am a huge fan of Noname and this album is so true, so herself... I can’t describe but I loved the lyrics, the production... there’s no bad sog Full Review »
  2. Sep 26, 2018
    9
    Identified as a lullaby rap, it's too heavy-lyrical-content album to rock anyone to sleep, despite the ultra gentle touch Noname's rap gave inIdentified as a lullaby rap, it's too heavy-lyrical-content album to rock anyone to sleep, despite the ultra gentle touch Noname's rap gave in this Room 25. Still, all elements of the production that needed to make this album powerful are there. Everything in its place. Without doubt, Room 25 may enrich the list of hip-hop classics. Full Review »
  3. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    One of the best albums of the year. A perfect blend of rap and neo-soul. The album has top notch production, amazing lyrics and greatOne of the best albums of the year. A perfect blend of rap and neo-soul. The album has top notch production, amazing lyrics and great features. Noname took her time with this album and it paid off. There is zero filler and Room 25 is just on par, if not better, than the debut. Full Review »